Left to right: Kim Brooks, Tony Graff, Amanda Brinkman,
Mayor Steve Genisot, Mayor Jean Stegeman
“I’m moved by how the two communities have come together, this could really be an example for the rest of the country. I’m impressed by that unity,” said Amanda Brinkman, Chief Brand and Communications Officer at Deluxe Corporation.
On January 10, she and The Small Business Revolution team from Deluxe visited the twin cities of Marinette, Wis. and Menominee, Mich. As the only contestants from the Midwest, these small towns have their sights set on a chance to receive a $500,000 community makeover through the Deluxe Corporation’s hit reality show The Small Business Revolution – Main Street.
“This contest, and the half million dollars that Deluxe invests, can only go so far, we’re really looking for communities that already have some momentum behind them,” continued Brinkman. “We want to build on that energy, we can’t build it from scratch. We’re looking for a community that already has that kind of catalyst. This entire community [Marinette and Menominee] is very activation oriented. We’re very impressed at how the entire community has mobilized around this effort.”
As the third stop on Deluxe’s Top Ten Town Tour, Marinette and Menominee aimed to give the group a warm welcome. For weeks, local businesses have been hanging signs and residents have been using social media to share their favorite things about the area’s unique small businesses. In the last few days, city crews worked diligently to hang banners from light poles on the interstate bridge uniting the two towns. Thursday’s event was the culmination of work by motivated and talented individuals bringing together their passion and inspiration to make a lasting impression on the Deluxe team.
The reality show is co-hosted by Amanda Brinkman and Ty Pennington, the latter is best-known for his previous hit reality show Extreme Home Makeover. Deluxe Corporation, historically known for its check printing, has created a community revitalization contest and reality television series known as The Small Business Revolution. The purse is a $500,000 community makeover, and over 12,000 towns applied from across the United States, the field has already been narrowed to 10, but there can only be one winner of the community makeover. To learn more, go to www.myMarinetteMenominee.com or visit their Facebook page. Information about the show can be found at www.deluxe.com/small-business-revolution